I did not blog at all Wednesday (my first official day at the JMM), because I was co-organizing an AMS Special Session with Lola Thompson from 8am to 6:15pm, attended the AWM reception, and then I was beat! Anyway, I thought instead of the usual rundown of the session, I would take this opportunity to give some pointers and tips on organizing an AMS Special Session! It’s never too early to start thinking about the next meeting.
I had the great pleasure of being present for Edray Goins’ MAA Invited Address, “A Dream Deferred: 50 Years of Blacks in Mathematics”, Thursday morning from 9 to 9:50am. This talk was a beautiful combination of history and mathematics, and a great reminder that however far we think we have come, the reality is that Black mathematicians are still vastly underrepresented in the mathematical sciences. (Full disclosure, Edray is my friend, he is a fellow Number Theorist, and he even was a fellow blogger at my other blogging home, the inclusion/exclusion blog).
Edray Goins. Photo by Kate Awtrey, Atlanta Convention Photography.
Age is a funny thing. I feel kind of old when I see all my friends either here with their infants and children, friends who are expecting, or friends who are happy to be able to get some sleep because they left their children with a spouse or other caregivers (even though they clearly miss their kids too, as evidenced by their showing me all of the cute kids pictures possible). When did everyone start having kids? And how will I get to hold and play with them all? Auntie Adri is reporting for duty.
“It’s not false, it’s just an alternative fact.” Kellyanne Conway (sort of).
Who remembers this quote? OK, I admit I don’t remember it perfectly myself, but it’s close enough. You can watch this video on YouTube if you want to see the birth of this now ubiquitous term.
So what is the responsibility of a math educator in this new world of alternative facts? That is what Kira Hamman and Dave Kung addressed in their joint guest lecture for the Quantitative Literacy SIGMAA, “The power of quantitative literacy in the era of alternative facts”.
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